“The precious blood of Christ.” —1 Peter 1:19
It is frequently my fear lest I should fall into the habit of preaching about the gospel than directly preaching the gospel, and hence I labour to return to the first principle, of our faith, and often take a text upon which it would not be possible to say anything new, but which will compel me to recapitulate in your bearing those things which are viral, essential, and fundamental to the life of our souls. With such a text as this before me, if I do not preach the gospel, I shall do violence both to the sacred word and to my own conscience. Surely I may hope that while endeavouring to unfold my text, and to proclaim the saving word, the Holy Spirit will be present to take of the things of Christ and to show them unto us and make them saving to our souls….
The precious blood of Christ has a REDEEMING POWER. It redeems from the law. We were all under the law which says, “This do, and live.” We were slaves to it: Christ has paid the ransom price, and the law is no longer our tyrant master. We are entirely free from it. The law had a dreadful curse; it threatened that whosoever should violate one of its precepts, should die: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.”
…. The Passover is celebrated with holy rites; it must be kept in the same manner next year. The high priest has gone within the veil once, but be must go there again; the thing is never finished, it is always beginning. He never comes any nearer to the end. “The law could not make the comer thereunto perfect.” But see our position: we are redeemed from this. Our law is fulfilled, for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness; our passover is slain, for Jesus died; our righteousness is finished, for we are complete in him; our victim is slain, our priest has gone within the veil, the blood is sprinkled; we are clean, and clean beyond any fear of defilement, “For he hath perfected for ever those that were set apart.” Value this precious blood, my beloved, because thus it has redeemed you from the thraldom and bondage which the law imposed upon its votaries.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 26, 1865
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 11, Sermon No. 621
The Precious Blood of Christ”